New York Civil Liberties Union
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Beth Fertig
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Inspired by Orange Is the New Black, the NYCLU is launching a campaign to draw attention to conditions in prisons in Suffolk County.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By Robert Lewis : Reporter, WNYC News
The state prison system is about to become the largest in the country to ban the use of solitary confinement as punishment for prisoners under 18, pregnant women and the developmentally disabled.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A class-action lawsuit challenging New York State’s failure to provide effective counsel to indigent New Yorkers is going to trial.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
By Beth Fertig
After years of disagreements with City Hall over the NYPD's handling of schools safety, a coalition of children's advocates and the New York Civil Liberties Union called for the next mayor to scrap the current system and give educators a greater role over school discipline.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
By Udi Ofer
In an opinion article, an official of the New York Civil Liberties Union writes: "Anyone interested in increasing student achievement, and particularly in closing the achievement gap, should pay close attention to the impact of stop-and-frisk practices on the lives of black and Latino students, including on their view of authority and ability to succeed academically."
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By Theodoric Meyer : ProPublica
The city made 327 arrests at the city's schools this winter, and handed out 555 summons, according to new data released by the New York Police Department. It was a slight uptick from the 279 students arrested during the 55 school days between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011.
Friday, April 13, 2012
By Udi Ofer
In an opinion article, an official with the New York Civil Liberties Union says that charter schools should not be exempt from the state's new anti-bullying law. The legislation, which requires that schools provide in-class instruction from kindergarten through 12th grade about the importance of tolerance and respect for others, goes into effect in July.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
New figures on police activity in city schools show that in the fall, safety agents and officers arrested about five students a day. On Wednesday, advocates used this statistic to criticize the city for giving the Police Department too much control over discipline in schools.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
By Udi Ofer
After a long legal fight, some 160 religious congregations in New York City have until Feb. 12 to stop using schools as houses of worship, even though some religious leaders are still trying to win over local legislators to change the rules. The writer, a civil liberties lawyer, says the Department of Education is right to erect a wall between religious worship and schools.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
In a video report, reaction from the New York Civil Liberties Union to a report released last month by the New York Police Department about arrests of students during a 50-day period during the summer.
Monday, November 07, 2011
By Udi Ofer
The Department of Education complied with the new Student Safety Act by releasing data of how many students were suspended last school year. The details of their reporting shows room for improvement in how schools handle discipline problems, says Udi Ofer of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Friday, October 07, 2011
By Udi Ofer
Mayor Bloomberg’s new Young Men’s Initiative identifies problems afflicting too many young men of color: high suspension and arrest rates, and low graduation and employment rates. But in an opinion article, the New York Civil Liberties Union says the mayor's own policies of using the Police Department to police the schools may be adding to the problem, instead of helping.
Monday, October 03, 2011
The New York Civil Liberties Union announced today it is asking a Federal court for access to information about the NYPD's secret surveillance program that targets Muslim communities throughout the New York City area.
“The NYPD’s reported surveillance of local Muslim communities raises serious questions concerning whether the Police Department has violated court-ordered restrictions on its ability to spy on and keep dossiers on individuals,” said NYCLU Legal Director Arthur Eisenberg in a statement. “In order to know whether the NYPD is violating the court order, we need a more complete explanation of the NYPD’s surveillance practices.”
The police department has denied such activities are happening. This is contrary to a series of Associated Press reports of a CIA-supported secret unit inside the NYPD that has targeted Muslim communities. NYCLU wants to go through the discovery process to see if the unit's activities violate a decades-old decree that restricts the department's ability to conduct surveillance against people based on political and religious activity.
One of the big questions this story has raised is how much Mayor Bloomberg was involved in creating, authorizing or monitoring the activities of this special unit. Bloomberg has never outright confirmed such a unit exists in the NYPD, despite reports detailing the unit's existence and how it's monitored Muslim communities after September 11, 2001.But the mayor has generally supported the work of the department when it comes to monitoring groups and communities.
Bloomberg describes New York City as an immigrant-friendly city. It was reported today that the Mayor's office is even backing the city council's resistance to Federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants after being released from prison. Presumably, during depositions of those involved in the Muslim surveillance program, the extent to which the mayor was involved or informed about the program could be revealed.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The New York Civil Liberties Union just released a report on the rise of anti-Muslim activities throughout the state. The report, according to NYCLU, "examines the role that federal national security policies, law enforcement agencies and politicians have played in inflaming anti-Muslim sentiment and anti-mosque activities."
“Government policies that cast blanket suspicion on all Muslim residents are misguided and divisive,” Udi Ofer, one of the paper's authors, said in a statement. “Religious profiling was unconstitutional before 9/11, and it’s unconstitutional after 9/11. Our elected officials must stand up for religious freedom and ensure that New Yorkers treat each other with respect and understanding.”
Nine incidents of anti-Muslim activity across the state are reviewed in the report. NYCLU says the acts on the Muslim community put First Amendment religious protections at risk for everyone.
“While opponents of mosque projects have a constitutional right to express their views, our public officials must work to ensure that New York remains a welcoming place for all who want to live and worship here, and that the rights and freedoms of those who wish to build mosques are also protected,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in the statement.
Check out the full report after the jump.